College of Arts and Sciences

B.S. in Chemistry

Chemistry students have a variety of goals for their future. Some wish to prepare for graduate study and future research careers, while others plan to seek immediate employment or advanced study in other scientific or technical fields. Recognizing this, we offer three paths leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry: Pure Chemistry concentration, Applied Chemistry concentration, and Biochemistry concentration.

Undergraduate Program of Study Handbook

Undergraduate Catalog


Pure Chemistry Concentration

B.S. in chemistry for students preparing for a career as a professional chemist or for graduate study in chemistry. This curriculum exceeds the minimum requirements for degree certification by the American Chemical Society.

Applied Chemistry Concentration

The applied chemistry concentration leads to a B.S. in chemistry. Multiple options are available within this degree program. There are six options to select from: Business Chemistry (with a +1 year option of an MBA), Environmental Chemistry, Forensic Chemistry, Health Sciences Chemistry, Industrial Chemistry and Chemistry. The last option is used to create an interdisciplinary option of specialized interest, such as Geochemistry.

Biochemistry Concentration

The Biochemistry concentration leads to a B.S. in Chemistry with an emphasis in biochemistry. This concentration is for students whose interests lie in careers at the biology/chemistry interface. This concentration is popular with students with the goal of attending a graduate professional school (Medical, Dental, Pharmacy, etc.) and students that desire to pursue graduate (MS or PhD) study in bio-related disciplines.

ACS Certification

The American Chemical Society promotes excellence in chemistry education for undergraduate students through approval of baccalaureate chemistry programs. ACS-approved programs offer a broad-based and rigorous chemistry education that gives students intellectual, experimental, and communication skills to become effective scientific professionals. The Pure Chemistry concentration exceeds the minimum requirements for a certified degree, but the Applied and Biochemistry concentrations are also certifiable by taking a number of specified courses beyond the basic curriculum.

For advising information contact:

David J. Crouse 
Office Location: Foster Hall, Room 313 
Phone: (931) 372-3515